Writers, When Do You Write?


When I first crashed on this planet, many hundreds of days ago, I was enamored with television shows, movies, video games, and books. But as I’ve gotten used to the atmosphere (I think I am about 96% Human at this point), I’ve become too busy to do everything.

I find that I spend less time watching, and more time writing. Yet, when I try to write most mornings, I can’t eek out more than a single sentence. There is just something about the sun glaring at me through the window that cuts off my creative spark.

Although, when the night comes, when parts of the world are finally going to sleep, it’s like something inside of me is just waking up. And it’s exciting. I lose track of the time, and I can’t help but write deep into the night.

Writers, are you a night owl like me? Or is it the midday sun that super-charges your inner visionary? Maybe the smell of coffee in the morning excites your creativity?

When do you write?

14 thoughts on “Writers, When Do You Write?

  1. I watched Sanderson’s Youtube lessons… he is a good and fun teacher. But his throwing- candy move needs some training.LOL.
    I am more like evening writer, even thought I might start writing in the morning when my gaze turns to Pinterest and other DIY-Youtube stuff, then it’s past the afternoon when I am more productive.

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      1. And the stillness of the house.
        Now when you know you did all the important task, you can relax and do the enjoying tasks…and that writing- creating new worlds, and giving the voice to the characters..

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  2. Before I started writing every day (I began a 365 day writing project 44 days ago), I would have answered that I write whenever I can find the time, which is almost never. Since embarking on my project, I make time to write after my 3 kids go to bed. That means I typically write for some period of time between 9pm and 1am. I try not to stay up past 1am because I am also a full time working lawyer and I have to get up with the kids to get them ready for school before work. If you can give me any ideas on how to quit my day job so I can be a full time writer, I’m all ears!

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    1. Everybody who posts here makes me feel lazy, I can’t believe how you manage to fit writing into such a busy schedule. Do you get to sleep?

      As for how to become a full time writer: the first thing you need to do is make enough money to support your family through your writing. In order to do this, you need to either self-publish and go viral beyond your wildest dreams (unlikely), or get about 800 short pieces published a year (impossible).

      In all seriousness, you’re looking at either content creation for websites or writing a successful novel (and then another novel every year for the rest of your life)!

      If you are interested in writing novels for money, I suggest Brandon Sanderson’s lectures on youtube (although they are directed towards Speculative Fiction, most of his advice applies to all writers).
      Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbL-84SkT4Q&list=PL2FCD81A6FE4280AC

      Good luck, and I’ll see you at the top!

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      1. This is actually super helpful – thank you! I love the honesty, and while the publishing a novel (and every year thereafter) idea made me shrink a little into my shoulders, I am also sitting here nodding my head, ready to take it on. See you at the top!

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        1. Sanderson has his students write 50k words in a semester, and he claims it isn’t that hard to do. I understand that getting into the routine is hard, but I’m learning to cut out distractions and focus on writing at LEAST 1000 words a day. That means first drafts are ready in 3-4 months tops. It’s hard, but it’s more fun than I thought it would be.

          When you get sucked into your characters and your plot, and you’re excited to figure out what happens next, that’s when you know you are a writer.

          I’m willing to bet you became a writer well before reading this!

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  3. With 2 dogs, 1 cat, a wife whose job is one of those 24/7 on-call jobs, and my own real job, the only time I can write undisturbed is 5:30 – 6:30 am when I am at the local coffee shop. Not the best situation but it works for now. And the coffee is pretty good.

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